Why I blog

19 Dec

It was my blogiversary on Saturday. Two years of blogging.

I thought perhaps I would use the time to reflect on all that has happened over those two years, because they’ve been quite full-on years for me. But it was a crap post.

Then, after reading the thread at Pavlov’s Cat’s, I began to toil away at a bit of a ‘why I blog’ post, an earnest essay on the frustrations of reading irritating people whose basic argument seems to be ‘blogging has failed, because blogging hasn’t changed the world’. A comprehensive, annotated account of the very many things that blogging is and can be…

…but you don’t have time to read all that. And I wouldn’t be telling you anything you wouldn’t already know. And also, it’s December. I’ve got salads to make.

So, I’m going to tell you of one piece of blog-related news which has been very exciting for me. I took a post I wrote sometime ago, added it to another post, wrote some more around it, submitted it to a journal, they accepted it, and now, it is included in Best Australian Stories 2007. I can’t tell you how very excited I have been about that.


33 Responses to “Why I blog”

  1. blackbird December 19, 2007 at 10:47 am #

    Well done! and happy blogaversary.

  2. Shula December 19, 2007 at 10:50 am #

    Go Thirdcat!

  3. SQ December 19, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    And a very good story it is too.

  4. Pavlov's Cat December 19, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    And they gave you the last word, too, so Rob Drewe and/or the Black Inc people must have thought it was a fab story. Which it was.

  5. Pavlov's Cat December 19, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    And they gave you the last word, too, so Rob Drewe and/or the Black Inc people must have thought it was a fab story. Which it was.

  6. ThirdCat December 19, 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    Thank you. Someone else I know noted – in a less generous spirit – ‘always with the last word’.

  7. fifi December 19, 2007 at 5:14 pm #


    shrieks with excitement!!!!!!

    Oh, hooray! I always read that !!! and now, YOUR’E in it. Well done, you fab thing!!!

  8. ampersand duck December 19, 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    YAY for you! How wonderful! Big pats on the back! And happy blogaversary!

  9. Zoe December 19, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

    Yay Thirdcat!

  10. tut-tut December 19, 2007 at 10:19 pm #

    Congratulations, but I’m not surprised. You are an amazing writer with very interesting perspective and insights.

  11. Ariel December 19, 2007 at 11:08 pm #

    Happy blogiversary … and I have to repeat my congrats on your story and the exalted company you’re keeping!

  12. Ash December 20, 2007 at 6:17 am #

    Congratulations! Wish it was here so I could read it 🙂

  13. Tony T. December 20, 2007 at 9:47 am #

    Happy Birthday, TC.

    PS: I blog because I don’t know how to stop.

  14. elsewhere December 20, 2007 at 10:33 am #

    Excellent news. Congratulations!

  15. Stomper Girl December 20, 2007 at 10:35 am #

    Double congratulations!

  16. h&b December 20, 2007 at 11:46 am #

    That is freaking awesome.

    Now i’ll have to go read the links offered.

    That ColesChick will be so envious now. Especially since her handwriting has probably morphed into something more ‘respectable’ and less ‘enviable’ ..

  17. river December 20, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    Woo-hoo!! You’re a published author!!
    “blogging has failed, because blogging hasn’t changed the world”. Huh – was it supposed to? Isn’t it just another form of expression/entertainment?

  18. Helen December 20, 2007 at 7:01 pm #

    Must buy that for summer reading!
    Congratulations Thirdcat.

  19. Jennifer December 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm #

    Wow! Happy blogiversary and congratulations!

  20. Meggie December 21, 2007 at 6:48 am #

    Congratulations, You fabulous writer you!

  21. Mikhela December 22, 2007 at 8:23 pm #

    Congratulations – that’s fantastic! You will be my role model for what is possible with two children.
    Are you an ‘established favourite’ or ‘an exciting new work from a younger generation’?

  22. carol December 23, 2007 at 6:38 pm #


    that garret is really paying off, huh?

  23. genevieve December 23, 2007 at 7:58 pm #

    oh bless this garret and all who sail in her – so yours is the last, huh? A very fine balance there between lust and longing. Getting into Island is a grand effort too. Top mag. Happy Christmas, you clever TC you.(Ah ha, TC, just got it.)

  24. genevieve December 23, 2007 at 7:59 pm #

    Fabulous way to end a ‘not about blogging’ post too.

  25. fifi December 24, 2007 at 6:39 am #

    Have now procured this years volume of stories…and have the added pleasure of “knowing” one of the authors.

    Have a really wonderful christmas thirdcat. Thanks for all your great posts this year, I have so loved reading them. really.

  26. Cristy December 24, 2007 at 8:16 am #

    Congratulations! How wonderful.

  27. Pavlov's Cat December 24, 2007 at 11:57 am #

    Yes indeed, many merries to you and yours, 3C.

  28. Pavlov's Cat December 24, 2007 at 11:57 am #

    Yes indeed, many merries to you and yours, 3C.

  29. redcap December 24, 2007 at 3:51 pm #

    I haven’t even written my Christmas cards yet. I guess a least the work ones got done. I liked your story on the weekend! Bravo, missy 🙂

  30. Karen (miscmum) December 27, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    Wow – I got that for Christmas (along with many other books) but I’ll definately be flicking through it tonight now! 🙂

  31. Andrew December 27, 2007 at 4:17 pm #

    Congrats! I saw you mentioned on genevieve’s blog – yet another random acquaintance we have in common.

    I’ve recently been reassessing my reasons for blogging, but have yet to actually blog about it.

  32. Frogdancer January 2, 2008 at 4:35 am #

    Just discovered your blog through a comment you left on Allconsuming.
    How fantastic to be included in a collection like this. Have your feet touched the ground yet? I guess blogging may not have changed ‘the world’,but if you hadn’t have blogged to begin with, you wouldn’t now be clutching the book and going yippee!
    (And besides…. it has changed the world. Your story now exists…)


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